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Beautiful books that make unforgettable gifts

Give the book-lover in your life something special with one of these gorgeously illustrated stories, ornate classics or coffee table books – or, you know, just treat yourself.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book-lover in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a beautiful book.

Whether you're after classics or cookbooks, graphic novels or children's books, this selection of some of our most exquisitely designed stories is ready to give your bookshelf a makeover and win you some brownie points.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (2019)

By now, you’re likely familiar with Charlie Mackesy’s extraordinary (and extraordinarily popular – it has, at the time of this writing, spent 108 weeks straight in the Sunday Times Top 10) tales of four creatures brought together to teach each other lessons about life, from grief to friendship. But have you heard Mackesy himself reading his book in audio, complete with calming sound effects and music? And have you seen that it comes on deluxe, special edition heavyweight vinyl, with a newly illustrated cover that shows Mackesy’s elegant, looping brushstrokes larger than ever before? It’s the year’s most beautiful audiobook, and a perfect gift for the vinyl lover on your gifting list – even if that’s you.

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